Get Up, Get Out, Get Writing: A Guest Post from Author Chris Barton

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Like most readers, we at Mackin love to meet authors. We go to conventions where they are speaking; drop by bookstores when they are on tour; and if we’re really lucky, we get… Continue reading

Book Review: Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

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It’s easy to feel helpless with all the dire news coming at us almost every day.  Many of the problems seem unsolvable, especially by yourself.  Even if you want to make a change,… Continue reading

Wordless (Mostly) Picture Books

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Last week I posted a list of interactive books that are excellent tools for drawing readers and listeners into a story. Wordless books can be used to prod children’s imaginations, increase their vocabulary,… Continue reading

Interactive Picture Books

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“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” John Dewey Those of us who are teachers… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia : Contest — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland for sharing in their guest post on Monday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview

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In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… Continue reading

Review: The Wood

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I recently have read The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski and was swept away in this realistic fantasy she created. This is a remarkable fantasy by a debut author and I knew I wanted… Continue reading

Researching Invasive Species

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As a kid, I used to spend my summers outside at my grandparents’ country home. I would spend hours crouched in the dirt watching the fascinating lives of insects. I loved anthills, and… Continue reading

Sweet, Sweet Smile

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Dental hygiene and taking care of our teeth is so important.  However, it is often overlooked until a problem arises.  Here are some titles to get kids thinking about their teeth: https://spark.adobe.com/page/wpCod1Ir5W3Uy/  … Continue reading

Popular Series Fiction for Middle School Readers

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A couple weeks ago I published a post about ongoing popular elementary series, and on another blog I posted about adult crossover series that would be excellent for high school readers.  Here I… Continue reading